April  2015

Meet Sydney 


This teen's dream is to become famous. Sydney wants to be a singer, actress and dancer when she grows up. Her favorite genres of music are pop and R&B; and her favorite artists are Beyonce and Trey Songz. Sydney has a great sense of humor and her funny wit makes people smile. This smart and bold girl enjoys watching movies like Friday and Madea's House of Pain.


This intelligent young lady is very proud of her good grades in school. Her favorite subject is math because she likes to do addition and multiplication. During vacations from school, Sydney likes to cook her favorite meal, chicken. She enjoys playing Call of Duty and spending time with family. She also enjoys riding the rides at Kings Island and roller skating at Fun Factory.


Sydney is willing to help out around the house. This responsible girl will clean her room, take out the trash, and do the dishes.


Sydney says she would love a family with pets, especially dogs and kittens. She would also like to be adopted by a family with younger children so she can be a big sister.


Please contact us if you can provide a loving home for Sydney and can help her achieve her goals and dreams.


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Let's Have a Community Conversation about Untreated Mental Illness


The heartbreaking death of Jayniah Watkins should spur more open community discussion on the connection between untreated mental illness and child abuse.

Untreated mental illness is one of the "big three" when it comes to child abuse and neglect cases.

We handle nearly 6,000 reports of abuse and neglect each year at Hamilton County Job and Family Services and we see three predominant factors in most cases: substance abuse, untreated mental illness and domestic violence.

Our workers on the front lines are responsible for regularly making life-and-death decisions on such cases

Should a parent lose custody because they have an untreated mental illness? What if it can be controlled with medication? What if they stop taking that medication? What are the alternatives if the child is taken away? Is a child better off with their parent, or another family member, than they are in foster care?





April is Child Abuse Prevention Month  
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, set by presidential proclamation to a cknowledge the importance of communities and families working together to bring awareness to child abuse.

In Hamilton County, we'll hold our annual child abuse prevention day this Wednesday, April 8. Please join us by doing one easy thing - wear blue and show us your blue via social media with the hashtag #OhioWearsBlue. You could win our contest!

Also stop down on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We'll have giveaways and cookies with blue sprinkles. 


Do You Know a Hamilton County Teen Who Needs a Summer Job? 


Applications Now Available

Applications are now available online for Hamilton County's Summer Youth Employment Program.


The program helps eligible Hamilton County youth ages 14 - 24 find employment for May through October.


If you know of an eligible youth, please share this information with them. A parent or guardian must sign if the youth is under 18.


To access the application, please go to any of the following sites:
Questions? Email or call 946-2041.  



HCJFS Gives Back with COVE



COVE, which stands for Community Outreach Volunteer Effort, is a new program started by JFS employees to connect with the community through volunteer activities and events in order to maintain a positive relationship between HCJFS staff and the community we serve.


COVE founders anticipate JFS employees participating in events such as the Cincinnati Walk to End Lupus or volunteer opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity.


Our hope is that volunteering will be a bonding experience for JFS employees from all sections of the agency with the community we serve.